A Trip to the Zoo

Howdy there, y’all! It’s FRIDAY! How are you doing today?

I found a tomato on the floor this morning complete with a giant hole in it. Looks like the culprit kitty cats had a midnight snack (but quickly decided that it wasn’t good enough for their finicky little taste buds).

Oats in a jar for breakfast! I had 1/2 C of Quaker Oats, 1 C of almond-coconut milk, 1 banana, 1/4 C of pumpkin (it’s not pumpkin season, I realize, but I just adore it!), cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, and salt. Not chia seeds today because I’m out (I foresee a trip to Natural Grocers today or tomorrow). I topped my oats with Cascadian Farm Organic Oats and Honey Granola, a spoonful of organic peanut butter, and a drizzle of honey. Mango-OJ with Green Vibrance to drink.

I went to the gym bright and early (well, rather dull and rainy here) this morning and did a variety of leg, abs, and arm weights for about 50 minutes. I really got my heart rate up! I can really see a marked difference in my arms and legs, y’all. My calves are getting bigger and wider, so that makes me happy! I wanted to stay and walk, but I needed to get back home to take a shower for my interview with the zoo to be a volunteer. (At home I squeaked in some sit ups and some free weights too.)

Confession: I’m not used to my abs yet. I look at my wider girth and sometimes think “Wow, I’ve gotten HUGE!” (not in a good way). My middle is my most problematic area for me mentally. I’m used to being only skin and bones, not muscle. My rib cage still shows a bit, and I can still feel my hipbones, so I know I’m not fat in my heart … my head tells me otherwise though, and I have to battle my thoughts constantly.

I wasn’t too terribly hungry for lunch as my breakfast was pretty large, but I knew I needed to eat before my interview, so I had a Chobani Flip in Tropical Escape with some raspberries and some strawberries around 12:45.

My little interview at the zoo went well, so fingers crossed that I get chosen as a volunteer!

I had a wee snick-snack around 3 … raw broccoli with dipping sauces (my usual mix of hummus, Fiesta ranch, and salsa). And an apple a day keeps the doctor away! Mine was a large Ambrosia apple with some cinnamon. Hot mint green tea with stevia to drink.

For dinner tonight, I baked some BBQ chicken breast and roasted some broccoli and some sweet potato, and I drizzled Toasted Sesame Ginger sauce on top. Holy crap, you guys – that sauce really amplified the veggies! Coke Zero with a shot of vanilla to drink.

And since it’s Friday night, I had a wee nibble of lemon pie. Yummy!

Today was a good day. Only a few minor mood swings in the bipolar department, so huzzah! Now I’m watching Expedition Unknown and am thinking about cleaning up the apartment! Have a great night, all!

~ Mandy


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